Don’t let the name fool you. Mexico’s Anal Magazine is an intellectual publication and has a highbrow following.
‘With a unique design, this magazine is dedicated to spread any kind of cultural expression of erotic nature or general interest to men who are not afraid to show their fascination for other men.’
The magazine’s logo is clever and well conceived; The content (no doubt provocative) extends to include literature, fashion and interviews; The publication has quickly established itself as a social force within the city’s LGBTI community.
Anal also puts on One Hell of A Party, the name given for its signature Halloween bash.
Three-year Mexico City resident and gay activist Enrique Torre Molina credits Anal Magazine with the city’s hottest dance floor. Facebook photos of previous parties corroborate these claims.
Torre Molina works with ‘media, non-profit organizations, companies, schools, and government agencies to promote respect for LGBT people,’ and has his fingers on the pulse of Mexico City’s culture scene.
He writes: ‘When I was in college in Puebla, I used to come to Mexico City about once a month. When I finally moved here three and a half years ago, I already knew my way around and had many friends living here. I especially like that there’s a lot of good theatre, and great people to meet every day. In this sense it’s very similar to New York, my other favorite city, where I lived for a little while. They remind me of each other.’
Here’s Enrique’s list of the best museums, theatres and tourist sights in Mexico City.
Favorite gay bar: Nicho and La Purísima.
Favorite any bar: Lilit.
Favorite dance floor: Anal Magazine’s Halloween party.
Favorite tourist sight: The view of the volcanoes when flying over Mexico City.
Favorite meal: Tacos at El Parnita and mascarpone cheesecake at Delirio.
Favorite getaway: Merida, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas.
Favorite breakfast: Eggs at El Péndulo and French toast at Carrez.
Favorite park: Chapultepec, around the Tamayo Museum.
Favorite café: El Péndulo.
Favorite hotel: St Regis.
Favorite festival: Festival Mix, which is the oldest LGBT film festival in Latin America.
Favorite bike ride: I don’t bike.
Favorite long walk: Reforma avenue and shopping in colonia Roma.
Favorite photo-op: My building’s rooftop terrace, and anywhere with photographer Oscar Morales.
Favorite museum: Museo Memoria y Tolerancia and Museo Franz Mayer.
Favorite beach: Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca.
Favorite place for a first date: Cineteca Nacional or the theatre.
Favorite shopping street: Colima street in colonia Roma and H&M in Santa Fe.
Favorite food market: Mercado de Medellin in colonia Roma.
Favorite art gallery: I’m not a gallery person, but I love the photo exhibits they do on the fences of Bosque de Chapultepec along Reforma avenue.
Favorite view: From the Chapultepec Castle terrace.
Favorite public art: Sculptures outside Bellas Artes.
Favorite thing in the city that defies categorization: Theatre at the Santa Martha Acatitla prison.
Favorite theatre space: Foro Shakespeare and Teatro Helenico.
Favorite gay media outlet: Betún magazine.
Favorite hidden treasure: It used to be Tia Maria, a gay piano bar in my neighborhood, which closed last year. I have yet to find my new favorite hidden treasure.
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